Thieves dance the Limpopo polka

Thieves dance the Limpopo polka

A bunch of greedy Polokwane burgers find themselves outsmarted by the biggest shark in this small-town's pond.

‘FOLLOW ME TO EDEN’ was once a bumper-sticker campaign of Limpopo’s provincial government. It never took off. On the other hand, our northernmost province seems to have established itself as an Eden for swindlers of all sorts. Most have taken up residence in the 50,000-or-so household capital, Polokwane, following the simple logic that the smaller the lagoon, the fewer sharks to share the bait.

The rural gullibility of the locals guarantees that no scamster will leave empty-handed. But don’t assume that a small-town payoff is of necessity a small thing – executed correctly, a good scam in the countryside can reap rewards that make urban sophisticates like Yengeni and Shaik look like farmboys.




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